The Resident Coordinator’s Office has the overall responsibility to support SDG implementation and seeks to guide the UN Country Team in order to deliver more coherent, effective and efficient support to Jamaica to meet sustainable, equitable and accountable development goals under national ownership and leadership. The RCO Multi-country office in Jamaica also serves Bermuda, The Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands.
With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at its core, and in response to the General Assembly resolution 711243 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system, the UN Secretary General’s report (December 2017) «Repositioning the United Nations development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda: our promise for dignity, prosperity and peace on a healthy planet» puts forward a comprehensive proposal on further improvements to the resident coordinator system to ensure more coherent, accountable and effective support for the 2030 Agenda. This was further reinforced by General Assembly resolution 72/729 of 1 June 2018, which gave the Secretary-General the mandate to implement the repositioning.
A reinvigorated resident coordinator system is at the centre of a repositioned United Nations development system, and while the system has been instrumental in driving coherence on the ground over the past four decades, it is now insufficiently robust to respond to the needs of the 2030 Agenda, in a coherent way.
Within this mandate and in the principle of ‘delivering as one’ the RCO will partner with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Caribbean Sub-Regional Office to develop relevant communications products. established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. Its mandate is to be the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, that promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimensions of sustainable development within the United Nations system and that serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP´s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
UNEP’s Caribbean Sub-Regional Office opened in February 2016, coordinates and reports on activities of UNEP and works in close partnership with all Divisions, UN Country Teams and external partners. It leads UNEP’s collaboration with other UN agencies, research institutions and non-governmental organizations in the Caribbean, towards achieving internationally agreed targets. It has a small but growing team. On 5 June 2021, World Environment Day, the UN launched its Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a global rallying cry to address ecosystem degradation around the globe. In the Caribbean, UNEP is tasked with building on this momentum and promoting the UN Decade.
Under the supported guidance of the Head of the UNEP Caribbean Sub Regional Office and the Programme Communications & Advocacy Officer, the RCO is seeking a qualified, motivated and dynamic Intern to provide support to communications portfolios within the RCO Multi-country Office and UNEP in Jamaica – ensuring high quality of work and timely and properly documented service delivery.
The internship will provide an opportunity for a bourgeoning professional to enhance their educational experience through practical work assignments in desk research, data collection and the development of information, education and communications products; digital communications, particularly related to photography, videography, and graphic design. For the period of this internship, the intern will also be supporting partnered assignments with the United Nations Environment Programme Caribbean Sub Regional Office. The intern will also support the promotion of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Intern Will Be Supervised By The RCO Programme Communications & Advocacy Officer And The UN Environment Programme CSRO Head Of Office, And Will Be Expected To Work Directly With Other RCO And UNEP Focal Points, To Deliver The Following Tasks
- Conduct desk research: In consultation with the UNEP Junior Information Officer, conduct research to document and promote restoration actions and opportunities, regionally and nationally, relating specifically the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and, more broadly, SDG implementation.
- Document stories, milestones and events in multimedia formats: Support the documentation of UN Jamaica and UNEP success stories, initiatives and events using contemporary video, sound and photography treatments; produce and create podcasts, videos and stories on behalf of UNEP.
- Produce communication materials: Assist the team with generation of content and layouts for use on website, newsletters, materials and presentations for environmental exhibitions. Assist in developing communication materials in coordination with the Communication Unit of the UNEP Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Regional Office;
Public Outreach and Advocacy: Assist in conducting outreach activities, including campaigns and events within the UNRCO UNEP-CSRO partnership.
- Perform any other duties as required.
- Demonstrates commitment to the UN’s mission, vision and values;
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Treats all people fairly without favouritism.
- Strong organizational, time management and communication skills;
- Attention to detail and proven ability to work independently and with a team, against tight deadlines;
- Ability to maintain a high level of accuracy, confidentiality and integrity;
- Proven research, presentation, reporting and writing skills
- Strong interpersonal skills;
- Positive, constructive attitude;
- Ability to work and act under pressure;
- Demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to learning;
- Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view;
Ability to work in a multi-cultural team environment with a positive attitude.
Required Skills And Experience
- The intern must have studies in the field of communications, social marketing, international relations, social sciences or similar subject area at the university level and must meet one of the following requirements;
- Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
- Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
- Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
- Excellent knowledge of MS Word and Excel spreadsheet in data management.
Good computer and research skills; expertise with video, photo and graphic design editing software and social media coordination would be a distinct asset
- Fluent in written and oral communication skills in English; competency in other UN languages is a strong asset.
- As of 1 January 2020, interns may be given a stipend according to UNDP Internship Policy (as the Administrative Agency for the RCO), if it is not financially supported by any institution or programme, such as a university, government foundation or scholarship programme. A stipend is intended to help cover basic daily expenses related to the internship, such as meals and transportation at the duty station. The stipend will be paid on a monthly basis and part-time internship arrangements are prorated accordingly.
- Interns are responsible for securing adequate medical insurance for the duration of the internship. The RCO accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness or death incurred during the internship. Interns must provide proof of enrolment in health insurance plan.
- Interns are expected to work full time, but flexibility is allowed for education programmes.
- The intern is responsible for obtaining necessary visas and arranging travel to and from the duty station where the internship will be performed.
- Interns are not staff members and may not represent the RCO in any official capacity.
- The purpose of the internship is not to lead to further employment with the RCO, but to complement an intern’s studies. Therefore, there should be no expectation of employment at the end of an internship.
- The intern will be evaluated at the end of the contract.
The intern will be responsible for providing his or her own laptop. Internet access and printing facilities will be available at the Resident Coordinator’s Office and/or at the UN Environment Programme during the internship.
Short listed applicants will be asked to share the following documents via upload or URL/ link to a virtual drive. Documents must have been independently authored by the applicant for academic or professional use.
- Evidence of writing ability (Some examples: press release, feature, story, policy brief, etc)
- Evidence of research
- Evidence of any graphic, audio-visual and or multi-media products (links accepted and may also be shared in cover letter [optional])
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